UConn Pre-College Summer: Pharmacy – Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery

    UConn Pre-College Summer: Pharmacy – Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Chemistry
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Call: (860) 486-0149
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    We have a summer in Storrs for you!

    UConn Pre-College Summer Pharmacy: Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery course gives high school students the opportunity to experience the drug development process at a nationally ranked public university.

    How will you make a difference?

    Offered during Session 3 our Pharmacy: Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery course starts by introducing students to how pharmaceutical companies determine what disease they want to target. From there, students will work their way through the entire discovery process over the one-week course, ending with post-approval monitoring by the FDA. Along the way, we will answer a variety of specific questions, including the following:

    • Lead compounds: what are they and where do they come from?
    • What is medicinal chemistry and how is it used in the drug discovery process?
    • What animal tests are required before a drug can be given to humans?
    • What are drug-drug and drug-food interactions?
    • What are clinical trials and how do they work?

    Much of our discussion on these topics will revolve around the development of currently used drugs such as Lipitor (High Cholesterol), Januvia (Type II Diabetes), and Harvoni (Hepatitis C).

    Students will have the chance to tour laboratory facilities at UConn dedicated to drug development and learn about the applications of specific instrumentation on campus. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in-lab experiments designed to introduce them to several different aspects of drug design and development.

    Note: To be eligible to enroll in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery, students need to have some chemistry background.

    Cost and Session Information

    Costs and fees are determined by the number of sessions a student enrolls in (one, two, three, or four sessions). Enrolling in a weekly session, includes the selected academic course* taught by UConn faculty or experts in their industry, exploratory workshops, social programming activities, as well as administrative costs, all meals, and housing in an air-conditioned residence hall. Laundry machines located inside of the residence halls are available to participants at no cost. Participants must arrange their own travel to and from the Program, at their own expense. 

    *Additional Course Fees: Additional fees to select academic courses may apply. These fees help to cover the added cost of supply kits, studio fees, travel, entrance fees, etc. For specific course fee information, visit the course's information page. If applicable, this course fee will be applied at time of course enrollment. 

    Program Cost and Fees: 

    Application: A non-refundable application processing fee of $45.00 must be paid in order to have your application reviewed. The application fee can be paid at the last step of the application process and is separate from enrollment costs. Our application fee is waived for students who apply before January 6th. After this date our standard application fee will be applied.

    Enrollment: A $300.00 non-refundable deposit per session that will be collected at the time of enrollment is required to enroll in Pre-College Summer courses. This deposit will be credited to your program fee’s account balance.


    Early Bird: Take advantage of a $150 early bird discount when you submit your application by April 1st, 2020

    Multiple Sessions: Receive a discount for enrolling in more than one session, as indicated in the pricing table above. Check out our Course Academies for bundling options!

    Sibling Discount: If two or more siblings enroll in the Program during the same summer, the subsequent sibling(s) will receive a $100.00 discount off of their total Program fee.